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A. Investigation by Police Chief: Upon receipt of the application required by this Chapter, the City Recorder shall refer the application to the Police Chief, who shall cause an investigation of the applicant's business and moral character to be made as may be necessary for the protection of the public. The investigation shall include the following:
1. History of performance on business agreements;
2. Reports to the Better Business Bureau regarding applicant;
3. Prior complaints with respect to business dealings;
4. Has applicant lived up to terms of licenses;
5. Is applicant properly licensed with other State and Federal agencies as required;
6. Criminal convictions of applicant and all persons acting for or on behalf of applicant in the City;
7. Length of time in business;
8. Insurance covering goods and applicant's business; and
9. Anything else bearing on applicant's business or moral character.
B. Disapproval of Applicant: If, as a result of the investigation, the character or business responsibility of the applicant is found to be unsatisfactory, the Police Chief shall endorse on the application his disapproval and his reasons for the same and return the application to the City Recorder who shall notify the applicant that his application is disapproved and that no license may be issued.
C. Approval of Applicant; License Issuance: If, as a result of the investigation, the character or business responsibility of the applicant are found to be satisfactory, the Police Chief shall endorse on the application his approval and return the approved original application to the City Recorder. The license shall contain the signature of the issuing officer and shall show the name and business of the licensee, the type of goods to be sold thereunder, the amount of fee paid, the date of issuance, the length of time the license is in effect and the license number and other identifying description of the vehicle used in peddling. The City Recorder shall keep a record of all licenses issued.
D. Time Limit for Approval or Disapproval: The Police Chief shall approve or disapprove the application within twenty (20) days from the receipt of the application. If the application is not approved or disapproved within the time allowed, the Police Chief is considered to have given his consent and approval of the application.
E. Inspection of Goods and Wares: The Police Chief may inspect all goods, wares, merchandise or other commodities or services which are to be offered for sale by the applicant for a peddler's license. The license issued to an applicant shall not be effective until such inspection has been made and the Police Chief has certified, in writing, to the City Recorder that the goods, wares, merchandise or other commodities or services to be offered for sale by the applicant are of good merchantable quality.
F. Perishable Commodities: In the case of perishable commodities, the Police Chief may inspect the contents of each box, bag or other container. The Police Chief shall be satisfied that such commodities are of good merchantable quality and uniform throughout any container. Spoiled or damaged commodities shall be confiscated and the Police Chief may require that all inferior commodities be removed before certifying that the remainder of such goods, wares, merchandise or other commodities are of good merchantable quality. (Ord. 460, 5-5-86)